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UDA accuse the state of intimidation in Juja mini-poll

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Democratic Alliance (UDA) agents from accessing voting areas at the Rurii ward mini-poll in Nyandarua County.

UDA, a political outfit associated with Deputy President William Ruto, has released a statement claiming Mbugua and his colleague namely Daniel Githinji have since been arrested.

Police are yet to officially comment on this incident or the arrests even as UDA accused ‘misguided agents of the state’ whom it did not name, of intimidation and harassment.

“UDA key agents in Rurii ward, Nyandarua County, Brian Mbugua and Daniel Githinji have this morning been arrested by police outside Rurii Polytechnic and taken to Ol Kalou police station,” the statement read.

“Police have (also) mounted unnecessary roadblocks across the Ward all aimed at intimidating voters. It is unfortunate that 29 years after the first multi-party elections and 10 years after a progressive constitution which guarantees the rights of citizens to multi-party democracy, misguided agents of (the) state are still using police to intimidate voters.”

Polling, as per the IEBC schedule, will close at 5pm, paving the way for vote counting. The winner in this election could be announced by midnight.

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Isaac Mwaura makes senate comeback after court ruling

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Mwaura had lost his seat as a nominated senator after the ruling party expunged his name from the party membership list.

However, Mwaura moved to the High Court where he secured a favorable ruling.

“The High Court having quashed Gazette notice number 4597 by the Speaker of the Senate that declared a vacancy of a member elected through a party list, thereby removing senator (Dr) Isaac Mwaura as a senator,” Lusaka said.

Mwaura was escorted to the chamber by Deputy President William Ruto’s allies.

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They were Naomi Waqo (nominated), Falhada Iman (nominated), and Christopher Langat (Bomet).

The tribunal, he said, made a mistake when it held that the party was justified to discipline Mwaura.

The court subsequently set aside the decision of the Tribunal and substituted it with an order allowing Mwaura’s complaint.

The National Disciplinary Committee after hearing the parties resolved to have Mwaura suspended for six months from the party’s membership.

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Ngirici opens up on her deteriorating relationship with Ruto

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The entry of Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru into the United Democratic Alliance(UDA) has created a rift between the party and Kirinyaga Women Rep Purity Ngirici.

Thursday, November 25, Ngirici expressed regret for funding UDA to the tune of millions.

Kirinyaga Women Rep Purity Ngirici regrets that despite all the sacrifices, the party seemed to support her rival Governor Waiguru.

I don’t even want to remember how much I have used to build the UDA party in Kirinyaga from scratch, but I’m young in politics and still learning,” Ngirici stated.

Waiguru’s defection to the UDA party, in Ngirici’s opinion, has ‘opened her eyes.’

I popularised UDA Party in Kirinyaga County. I convinced my people that UDA was the political outfit to join, and that Ruto was the man best-suited to take over from [President] Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.

 I also made them see the gaps in BBI, which was being championed by the President’s team,” she said.

During that time, Waiguru was on the other side opposing Ruto, claiming that the DP had rented members of the Kikuyu community.

She was also at the forefront popularising BBI across Kenya,” said Ngirici.

She expressed confidence that her supporters will follow her, regardless of the party she will be vying on.

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Governors And Cabinet Secretaries Skip Ruto Meeting

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Deputy President William Ruto held a meeting of the Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council (IBEC) which was attended by nine governors, one Cabinet Secretary, and Two Principal Secretaries.

The meeting was held on Monday, November 22  where DP Ruto has invited five Cabinet secretaries and the Council of Governors.

Unfortunately, only Devolution CS Charles Keter showed up from Cabinet.

County chiefs were represented by Council of Governors Chairman and Embu Governor Martin Wambora, Ndiritu Muriithi (Laikipia), Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga), Prof Anyang Nyong’o (Kisumu).

Sospeter Ojaamong (Busia), Stanley Kiptis (Baringo), Josphat Nanok (Turkana), Prof Paul Chepkwony (Kericho), Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu), and Dr. Barchok Hillary (Bomet).

Controller of Budget Dr. Margaret Nyakang’o, Chairperson of the Commission for Revenue Allocation Dr. Jane Kiringai, PS Treasury Dr. Julius Muia, PS Devolution Julius Korir, and County Executive Committee Members were also in attendance.

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, the ODM’s Deputy Party Leader, had previously indicated that he would not attend the meeting, citing Ruto and Raila’s animosity.

I will not be present…The battle lines have been set, and each person must stay in their designated lane. Raila Odinga has my complete support,” he said in a November 14 interview.

The first county to do so since devolution began when the council approved Laikipia County’s request to borrow nearly Sh1 billion from the international market.

The meeting also approved a Sh370 billion allocation to counties.

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